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Georgia Douglas Johnson
(1866-1967) born on
Sep 10
US poet. She was one of the most prominent women poets of the Harlem Renaissance; she published three volumes of poems, including "The Heart of a Woman," 1918.
         
   
F
I battered the cordons around me
And cradled my wings on the breeze,
Then soared to the uttermost reaches
With rapture, with power, with ease!

R
The heart of a woman falls back with the night,
And enters some alien cage in its plight,
And tries to forget it has dreamed of the stars,
While it breaks, breaks, breaks on the sheltering bars.
A
Rise with the hour for which you were made.
N
Your world is as big as you make it.
K
I've learned of life this bitter truth
Hope not between the crumbling walls Of mankind's gratitude to find repose,
But rather,
Build within thy own soul
Fortresses!
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "The Last Word - A Treasury of Women's Quotes," by Carolyn Warner, 1992.
R: "The Heart of a Woman."
A: "Hope."
N: In "Famous Black Quotations," ed. Janet Cheatham Bell, 1995.
K: In "The Black Woman's Gumbo Ya-Ya," by Terri L. Jewell, 1993.
   


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